Rotten Row is a broad path along the south side of Hyde Park in London. It was established by William III at the end of the 17th century as a safer way to travel to St. James Place. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was a fashionable place to be seen. The avenue was lit with 300 oil lamps in 1690 making it the first artificially lit highway in London. It was named Route du Roi, French for “The King’s Road”, but was corrupted in local dialect to Rotten Row.
Mrs. Halford Vaugham, Freshwater ,1873 .
By Julia Margaret Cameron
Jean Harlow in Red-Headed Woman (1932).
Napolean Sarony, Oscar Wilde, 1883
Rare close-up portrait of the infamous Irish writer and poet Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. This beautiful card was produced by New York’s famous 19th century photographer Napoleon Sarony of New York City. It has the added bonus of having originally been part of the Meserve collection. Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962), a New York textile executive is considered America’s first great photo collector. His ink stamp on the back reads “THE COLLECTION OF AMERICANA OF FREDERICK H. MESERVE, NEW YORK.”
Image Type: Cabinet Card
Size: ~ 4.25″ x 6.5″
Photographer: Napolean Sarony, 37 Union Square, New York
Worker smoking cigarette & carrying bag across shoulders while pausing in middle of steel beam high above city streets during construction of The Manhattan Company Building at Forty Wall Street, New York. 1930
“Me tonight , drinking my arse off”
Comtesse di Castiglione. Early 1860s
A preview of my birthday party (which begins tomorrow just before midnight … I think) (it’s going to be EVEN BETTER than last year) (admittedly a large part of last year consisted of me dragging the ladder around the room stroking my books and reminding them I loved them all).
I’m there in spirit - and you’re as awesome as Castiglione, so everyone should be clamouring for admittance to your one-woman parties.
Rare photo of true samurai, circa 1866, Japan, by photographer Felice Beato. A year or two after this photograph was taken, the samurai were abolished, and with it the Japanese feudal system.
portrait in sepia 5
( beauty* of the day )
A woman in crinoline requires the help of long poles to put on her dress. c 1890